Mai Chen is the founding partner of Chen Palmer NZPLS, Barristers and Solicitors, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994.
Marina heads the firm's Education team. She has significant Parliamentary experience and has been a specialist advisor to several Education Ministers. She has experiece in a range of public policy processes including the preparation of Cabinet papers, briefing Ministers, and preparing for Select Committees.
Anthony specialises in providing expert employment law advice, and has provided quality advice across a range of sectors. Anthony has been practicising law since 1991 and has represented a wide range of employment law clients, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure industries.
Dani is an experienced public lawyer and has a Masters of Laws with Honours (Public Law specialisation) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Otago.
Senior Associate - leader Parliament Team
James has valuable inside knowledge of how Parliament works in New Zealand. He specialises in law reform and strategic public law and is an expert in the regulation of new psychoactives, legal highs and party pills.
Senior Associate - Employment
Claire was admitted to the bar in 2002 after graduating from the University of Waikato with an LLB/BA. Since being admitted, Claire has specalised in employment law and has a great deal of experience in advising clients on a range of employment law issues and opportunities.
Katrina was admitted to the bar in 2006 and has experience working closely with a wide range of clients, including large corporations, construction companies, international insurance firms, iwi and individuals.
David was admitted to the bar in 2007 and has gained experience working closely with a range of clients, including within central and local government, as well as private sector clients.
Katy was admitted to the bar in 2009, after graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations.
Michael was admitted to the bar in 2007and has experience working in the Local Government Sector in London, providing legal advice to colleagues and members of various Local Authorities.
Katrina was admitted to the bar in 2009 and has worked in leading commercial law firms specialising in commercial litigation. She has experience advising clients in a wide range of areas
George McLellan studied law at the University of Canterbury, with a focus on human rights, environmental law, public law and administrative law. George also has significant experience working for news and media organisations.
Jessica graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classical Studies and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington
Max has an LLB (Hons) with First Class Honours. His study focused on public law, especially local authority, human rights and international law.
Alice Krzanich completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History at the University of Auckland.
Heidi graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Law with First Class Honours from Otago University. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Planning degrees, also from Otago University.
Allan graduated in 2011 with an LLB and BSc (geography) from the University of Otago. Allan had a strong focus on public law during his study – he read resource management, administrative law, international law, international environmental law, and the Treaty of Waitangi.
Rachel has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours at Victoria University of Wellington specialising in human rights, international law and environmental law.
Sarah is a recent LLB/ BA graduate from Victoria University of Wellington, she joins Chen Palmer as a Law Clerk.
Denise provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
Razia provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
Vicky provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
Shaz provides day-to-day administrative support for Chen Palmer lawyers.
General Manager of NZ Asian Leaders
Emma is responsible for implementing the vision of NZ Asian Leaders, supporting sponsors and members and managing the day to day operations of the organisation.
Lisa Martin manages the financial administration and accounting software for our business. Fundamentally she ensures our debtors keep…
Chief Morale Officer
Pippin is a very friendly and energetic Border Collie. She is always avaliable to keep staff and clients entertained.